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Eu­ro­pean and in­ter­na­tion­al is­sues

Pub­lic ser­vice work at fed­er­al and Land lev­els has be­come much more in­ter­na­tion­al. A ma­jor share of Ger­man leg­is­la­tion is based di­rect­ly or in­di­rect­ly on Eu­ro­pean Union leg­is­la­tion, which has an im­pact on the fed­er­al ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The cross-bor­der tasks of the Fed­er­al Of­fice of Ad­min­is­tra­tion are di­verse. For ex­am­ple, it has been pro­vid­ing ad­vice to prospec­tive em­i­grants al­ready since its foun­da­tion in 1960. Since 1968, the Cen­tral Agen­cy for Ger­man Schools Abroad (ZfA) of the BVA has been sup­port­ing Ger­man schools world­wide on be­half of the Fed­er­al For­eign Of­fice.

The BVA close­ly co­op­er­ates with the Eu­ro­pean Com­mis­sion and Mem­ber States' au­thor­i­ties, for ex­am­ple with­in the frame­work of the Eu­ro­pean cit­i­zens' ini­tia­tive, the In­ter­nal Mar­ket In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem (IMI), EU Twin­ning projects, and in the con­text of pub­lic se­cu­ri­ty is­sues, such as the Schen­gen In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem (SIS) and the Eu­ro­pean Visa In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem (VIS).

Fur­ther­more, the BVA man­ages grants from the fed­er­al bud­get and ESF fund­ing: It is re­spon­si­ble for man­ag­ing 40 per cent of all ESF fund­ed fed­er­al pro­grams. Projects, such as ‘Cit­i­zen's Work’ or the ‘Con­tin­u­ing Ed­u­ca­tion Grant’, are thus a cen­tral com­po­nent of EU so­cial pol­i­cy to re­duce so­cial in­equal­i­ty in EU Mem­ber States.

Stempel und Stempelkissen


The Fed­er­al Of­fice of Ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cial­ly cer­ti­fies sig­na­tures and Ger­man of­fi­cial doc­u­ments for use out­side Ger­many and is­sues apos­tille on fed­er­al doc­u­ments for use in ac­ces­sion coun­tries of the Hague Con­ven­tion.


ESF au­dit body

As an ESF au­dit body, the Fed­er­al Of­fice of Ad­min­is­tra­tion (di­vi­sion VMB 8) ex­am­ines, on be­half of the au­dit au­thor­i­ty of the Fed­er­al Min­istry of Labour and So­cial Af­fairs (BMAS), the ef­fec­tive func­tion­ing of the man­age­ment and con­trol sys­tem used to im­ple­ment ESF fund­ing pro­grammes sub­ject to the ar­eas of re­spon­si­bil­i­ty of dif­fer­ent fed­er­al min­istries

ESF for Germany

ESF cer­ti­fi­ca­tion au­thor­i­ty

The ESF cer­ti­fi­ca­tion au­thor­i­ty at the Fed­er­al Of­fice of Ad­min­is­tra­tion has been com­mis­sioned by the Fed­er­al Min­istry of Labour and So­cial Af­fairs (Bun­desmin­is­teri­um für Ar­beit und Soziales, BMAS) which is re­spon­si­ble for the op­er­a­tional pro­gramme of the Fed­er­al Gov­ern­ment as a whole to per­form tasks on their be­half.

ESF for Germany

ESF man­ag­ing au­thor­i­ty

The Fed­er­al Of­fice of Ad­min­is­tra­tion (BVA) is the ESF man­ag­ing au­thor­i­ty. It is re­spon­si­ble for the plan­ning, im­ple­men­ta­tion and ac­counts of fund­ing pro­grammes.

EU Twin­ning projects

EU Twin­ning projects are part­ner­ship projects which were launched by the Eu­ro­pean Com­mis­sion in 1998, ini­tial­ly as a pre-ac­ces­sion in­stru­ment de­signed to as­sist fu­ture mem­ber states in the prepa­ra­tion of their EU mem­ber­ship. Nev­er­the­less, the con­cept of EU Twin­ning has ad­di­tion­al­ly been used in coun­tries with­out any prospects of ac­ces­sion since 2002 and thus evolved in­to an in­sti­tu­tion build­ing in­stru­ment.

Europäische Bürgerinitiative

Eu­ro­pean Cit­i­zens' Ini­tia­tive

Since 1 April 2012, the Lis­bon Treaty in­tro­duces a new form of pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion in Eu­ro­pean Union pol­i­cy shap­ing. EU cit­i­zens have the op­por­tu­ni­ty to launch a so-called Eu­ro­pean Cit­i­zens' Ini­tia­tive to in­vite the Eu­ro­pean Com­mis­sion to bring for­ward pro­pos­als for le­gal acts in all pol­i­cy ar­eas where the Com­mis­sion has the pow­er to do so.